Sometime Leftroom and Expected type Andre Crom returns to Freerange, scene of 2009's "Attica", one of his strongest singles to date. "Tell Me" flips the script slightly, taking his warm and melodic take on deep house into more organic territory. It's a good move. Utilising disco drums, lazy guitars and a delicious vocal from Dennis Deganhardt, it's soulful house for the deep house generation. There's a handy instrumental for those who feel that way inclined, though it's nowhere near as attractive as the vocal version. David August remixes, turning in a gentle, piano-laden cut that sounds like a contemporary take on vintage F Comm stalwart Aqua Bassino. As alternatives go, it's sublime.
You'd expect any collaboration between seasoned studio veterans Andre Crom and Martin Dawson to be suitably solid, and "Need U Back" doesn't disappoint. In fitting with many current deep house records, it looks back for inspiration, infusing its tech-tinged deep house grooves with bumpin' New Jersey bass and hypnotic, bleep-heavy riffs reminiscent of the NYC's finest mid-90s cuts. Homework's laidback remix adds some much-needed shuffle to the previously rigid beats, throwing some spine-tingling breakdowns into a delightfully spacious and heartwarming mix. If anything, it's better than Crom and Dawson's driving original.